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Excerpt: "On Monday President Trump delivered the embassy as a gift without concession or condition to the Israeli government of Benjamin Netanyahu, and as a blow to the Palestinians."

A mass attempt by Palestinians to cross the border fence separating Israel from Gaza turned deadly Monday as Israeli soldiers responded with rifle fire. (photo: Mohammed Saber/EPA)
A mass attempt by Palestinians to cross the border fence separating Israel from Gaza turned deadly Monday as Israeli soldiers responded with rifle fire. (photo: Mohammed Saber/EPA)


Trump's Failure in Jerusalem

By The New York Times Editorial Board

15 May 18

 

he day the United States opened its embassy in Jerusalem is a day the world has longed for, because of what it was supposed to represent: the end of a seemingly endless conflict, a blood-soaked tragedy with justice and cruelty on both sides. Israelis and Palestinians have envisioned a capital in Jerusalem, and for generations the Americans, the honest brokers in seeking peace, withheld recognition of either side’s claims, pending a treaty that through hard compromise would resolve all competing demands.

But on Monday President Trump delivered the embassy as a gift without concession or condition to the Israeli government of Benjamin Netanyahu, and as a blow to the Palestinians. The world did not witness a new dawn of peace and security for two peoples who have dreamed of both for so long. Instead, it watched as Israeli soldiers shot and killed scores of Palestinian protesters, and wounded thousands more, along Israel’s boundary with the Gaza Strip.

Unilateral action, rather than negotiation and compromise, has served the purposes of successive right-wing Israeli governments. They have steadily expanded Jewish settlements in the West Bank, on land Palestinians expected to be part of any Palestinian state.


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+27 # giraffee23 2018-05-15 17:54
Trump is so connected to corruption equal to the most corrupt government we know I am guessing the senators who stand with Trump are part of the corruption. An investigation into all Senator's finances is required.

VOTE 2018 and get all who can our to the polls ESPECIALLY if you are in a gerrymandered area or voter suppressed area, etc.
 
 
+7 # lfeuille 2018-05-15 20:25
But first you have to find a candidate that won't automatically support Israel in everything they do. I cannot be assumed that all Democrats meet that criteria, though there are no Republicans that do.
 
 
+30 # Anne Frank 2018-05-15 18:01
What about the New York Times' failure in the world of journalism. The Zionists have been slaughtering unarmed nonviolent protesters, but the Times makes it sound as if both sides are practicing violence. Right. Both the Nazis and the Jews shared equal blame for the Holocaust.
 
 
+2 # lfeuille 2018-05-15 20:23
They got it right this time. Progress. The MSM is not ignoring this travesty for a change.
 
 
+12 # harleysch 2018-05-16 03:57
Absolutely agree! Since when did the New York Times care about the slaughter of Palestinians, or the systemic injustice meted out to them by Netanyahu. The hostility to Trump among NYT editors apparently is deeper than their usual uncritical support for Israel and disdain for the Palestinians.

How about a follow-up to this editorial, so it is not just crocodile tears? How about a full, honest report of Israel's continuing vile treatment of the Palestinian people?

I will not be holding my breath!
 
 
+41 # MidwestDick 2018-05-15 19:18
"Even now, Gazans are undermining their own cause by resorting to violence, rather than keeping their protests strictly peaceful."
About 85 Palestinians are dead. Not one Israeli soldier has had one hair on their head harmed. Arms are forbidden by the protest organizers. This BS about both sides are violent is just an outrageous lie.
 
 
+26 # PABLO DIABLO 2018-05-15 19:46
BDS NOW!
 
 
+1 # AldoJay69 2018-05-16 02:03
What is BDS?
And how hard is it to type whole words?
 
 
+2 # Jim at Dr.Democracy on Facebook 2018-05-16 21:20
Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions
 
 
+7 # tedrey 2018-05-15 21:07
The US has blocked every attempt by the UN Security Council nations to mitigate the violence and investigate the causes. Here is the latest.

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/middle-east/gaza-protests-latest-israel-palestine-trump-blocks-un-security-council-statement-investigation-a8352006.html
 
 
+8 # futhark 2018-05-15 21:11
In the eyes of Donald Trump the Palestinians can only deserve respect and consideration if they either lead the nations of the Middle East in military spending, like our good friends Saudi Arabia, or possess nuclear weapons, as do the Israelis, who are privileged to formulate American policies in the region. Arguments favoring the Palestinians on an ethical basis will get ZERO traction with Donald J. Trump.
 
 
-3 # Trumpistheswamp 2018-05-15 23:17
A
BDS
A
P
 
 
+22 # kath 2018-05-16 07:15
I am tired of hearing "Israel has every right to defend its borders." May be so. But does Israel have the right to "defend" by summary execution borders it has unilaterally declared encompassing illegally seized land? Don't think so.
And so long as the United States continue to lavishly fund Israel and unquestioningly back Israeli atrocities, the blood is on our hands as well.
 

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